Suggestion: Every answer is a teaching opportunity
In my opnion, and compared to what I see in other Stack Exchanges, the quality of answers in NESE is inferior to some of the answers in the other Stack Exchanges.
The experienced engineers among us need to start viewing the questions being posed here not as simple "answer and move on", but as requests for a deeper understanding.
We need to start answering questions with more context, and more clarification, and looking at the bigger picture.
It is very rare for a question to have just a simple answer. Even in those cases, I think adding background explanation of "why" would go a long way.
- If your answer is one or two sentences long, really think about adding additional context
- If your answer is mostly quoting another reference, really consider rephrasing it in your own words in addition to the quoting. Users are often confused by the wording in official documentation, so simply quoting it does not really help
- If you can't see through the immediate question and into the specific lapse in knowledge that is inspiring the question than don't answer the question. This is a bit of a pet peeve, I've come across great questions with such low quality answers. Often the new user asking the question doesn't know any better, so simply accepts the first (more terse) answer and doesn't come back because in that interaction, NESE hasn't set itself apart from the plethora of other forums/help sites.
There is a measurable benefit to answering a question first. But if your answer isn't going to 'wow' the original asker, then don't answer it. If the question goes a few weeks without an answer, then feel free to add a terse answer. But every new, unanswered question should be regarded as a teaching opportunity.